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Considered to be home to "Florida's First Beaches," the Pensacola Bay Area, which encompasses Pensacola Beach to Perdido Key, is located along the state's westernmost stretch on the Gulf of Mexico and offers visitors the best of both worlds: miles of award-winning sugar-white beaches alongside a town rich with history, culture and Southern hospitality. Known as the "City of Five Flags," Pensacola was America's first settlement, having been discovered by Spanish explorers in 1559. The area's rich multicultural history is apparent in its fascinating attractions, which include archaeological sites, historic villages, a ballet, symphony, opera, trails, forts and museums, including the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum and the National Naval Aviation Museum, aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, which is home to the Blue Angels. Additionally, the Pensacola Bay Area provides an array of attractions suitable for outdoor explorers, including the nation's longest stretch of protected seashore and the world's largest artificial reef, as well as countless opportunities for fishing, diving, golfing, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding and sailing. Well known for its authentic restaurants and Pensacola Celebrity Chefs, foodies will also find something to suit their palettes in the Pensacola Bay Area, thanks to fresh Gulf Coast cuisine. From Pensacola Beach to Perdido Key, families, couples, friends, foodies, adventure-seekers and beachcombers alike will find there's lots to discover in the Pensacola Bay Area. It's no surprise we've been loved by explorers since 1559.

Amenities:
  • Amenities:
  • Baby-changing station, Covered Pavilion, Gift Shop
  • Average Visit Time:
  • Less than 1 hour, Multi-day,
  • Business Type:
  • Chambers & Visitors Bureaus, Destination Management Company, Welcome Centers

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Pensacola Pelican Drop - Countdown to 2017

Now - January 01, 2017
Ring in the New Year in the heart of Downtown Pensacola! The festivities will kickoff at 3 p.m. and last all night until we welcome 2017! For the little ones in the family that can't make it till midnight, we will have the Law Office of J.J. Talbott and Associates Little Pelican Party! The Little Pelican Party is the prelude to Pensacola’s New Year’s Eve Celebration for the entire family that begins at 3:00pm and culminates with the lighting of the Pelican at 8:00pm. You won't want to miss this 14-foot, illuminated Pelican descending from the sky to kickoff the best year yet!
http://www.pensacolapelicandrop.com
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Visit Santa at Winterfest

Now - December 24, 2016
Santa Claus takes time off from his busy holiday schedule every year to stop in at Winterfest and greet the girls and boys of Pensacola. Our expert photographer elves love to take souvenir photos of kids of all ages with Santa Claus. The elves especially love making the pictures into cards for the holidays. Every night of the Performance Tour, every weekend day between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and every afternoon before Santa’s Holiday Express, Santa Claus will be waiting for you in his sleigh in Downtown Pensacola. Your photos with Santa are available as high-quality dye-sublimation prints or as or full-resolution originals delivered on a ...Read More>> reusable USB drive. Bring your own USB drive for a $2 discount! Read Less
https://downtownpensacola.com/events/581cbdc4006d0f13007be81e

freddieh@ideaworks.co

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Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade

December 10, 2016
The Christmas Parade includes local bands from every high school in Escambia County, groups from around the region, and as far away as Houston and New Orleans. The Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade profits go to local high school band booster organizations to assist in the purchasing of uniforms and equipment and funding of travel expenses. Preceding the parade is the popular 1.2 miles Christmas Parade Dash, sponsored by the Pensacola Runners Association. With nearly 400 participants each year, the Dash uses the Cox Pensacola Christmas parade route just prior to the start of the parade. The race begins at 5:00 pm and is a maze through the do ...Read More>> ntown area lined with thousands of people cheering. The course ends at Plaza Ferdinand where a large candy cane is handed to each finisher. For more information on the Christmas Parade Dash, please visit www.pensacolarunners.com. Read Less
http://www.coxpensacolachristmasparade.org
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Gallery Night

December 16, 2016
Stroll through the charming brick walkways of Downtown Pensacola to experience an eclectic array of music, art and cuisine. Explore galleries and businesses featuring the works of dozens of local artists. Soak up the sounds of local musicians and the aromas of local cuisine as the energy of the evening carries you from venue to venue. Gallery Night is a free event and many businesses provide light refreshments.
http://downtownpensacola.com/gallerynight/

dib@downtownpensacola.com

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New Year's Eve Black & White Party at Casino Beach Bar & Grille

December 31, 2016
3, 2, 1….HAPPY NEW YEAR! Join Casino Beach Bar & Grille as we ring in 2017 at our NYE Black & White Party! Casino Beach Bar & Grille is throwing the ultimate island party this New Year’s Eve with door prizes, prizes for ‘Best Dressed,’ all night drink specials, NYE dinner menu and more, all culminating with a midnight fireworks show on the beach. This event is free and open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome to enjoy dinner from the NYE dinner menu, but we will also have a VIP option. New Year’s Eve VIP VIP guests can enjoy dinner for two from the special NYE menu, – which includes two salads, an appetizer, two entrees, dessert, and a bott ...Read More>> e of white or red wine to accompany dinner – a bottle of Duval-Leroy champagne for the New Year’s Eve toast, the best seats on the beach for the midnight fireworks show and a one night stay at the newly renovated Days Inn, located in walking distance from Casino Beach Bar & Grille. VIP Price: $400 Casino Beach Bar & Grille has 20 VIP tables available. For more information or to reserve your table, call 850-932-6313. Read Less
http://www.casinobeachbar.com/events/nye/

info@casinobeachbar.com

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Pensacola's 12th Night - Mardi Gras Kick Off

January 06, 2017
The Historic streets of Downtown Pensacola will host the 4th annual Wind Creek Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick Off Celebration on the 12th Night! FREE to everyone! Come join us and Celebrate the 2016 Mardi Gras Season along with the Krewes; their King and Queens for the upcoming season, King Cake*, and the town crier.
http://www.pensacolamardigras.com

pensacolamardigras@gmail.com

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21st Annual Cordova Mall Ball

January 28, 2017
Cordova Mall transforms into a glittering party hall featuring six live bands, tasty treats from area restaurants, a New Orleans-inspired French Market and a fantastic silent auction. With the support of our community, during the past 20 years, this event has generated more than $3.4 million in proceeds on behalf of sick and injured children in our community. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. IDs will be checked at the door. Bars close at 11:30 p.m. (No denim apparel, please.) Due to its high popularity, only 2,500 tickets are available. Tickets are non-refundable.
http://www.sacred-heart.org/mallball/

cathy.laird@shhpens.org

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Pensacola Double Bridge Run

February 04, 2017
A 15K course takes runers over two bridges crossing Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound, from downtown to Pensacola Beach. Runners and walkers are also welcome at the 5K course and Kids Fun Run.
http://doublebridgerun.com
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Annual Krewe of Lafitte Mardi Gras Parade

February 24, 2017
The only illuminated nighttime parade in Pensacola! The crowd can expect to be entertained with marching bands, lighted floats and great throws as the Krewe of Lafitte kicks off Pensacola Mardi Gras celebrations.
http://www.kreweoflafitte.net/
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Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade

February 25, 2017
One of the country's original celebration sites, Pensacola hosts this family-oriented Mardi Gras parade in the historical downtown area. Crowds catch beads, doubloons and moonpies galore as they are thrown from floats!
http://www.pensacolamardigras.com

dannyzuf@aol.com

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Grand Mardi Gras Parade Party

February 25, 2017
Pensacola’s Grand Mardi Gras Parade is the largest annual event in downtown Pensacola. Residents and visitors often totaling over 100,000 enjoy the pageantry and excitement of a parade with over 6,000 participants and over 250 entries.
http://www.sevillequarter.com
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Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras Parade

February 26, 2017
Mardi Gras parade with an island atmosphere! The Krewe of Wrecks Parade will have the best floats throwing beads, candy and doubloons. No one leaves the island beadless! After parade parties are everywhere and the biggest is on the boardwalk, at the shell, where the paraders wait for the results of the judges and trophies to be awarded. Of couse the music is playing and partiers are dancing! Rain or Shine!
http://www.kowrecks.com

dannyzuf@aol.com

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Gulf Coast Renaissance Fair

March 04, 2017 - March 05, 2017
The only REAL live jousting on horseback with medieval knights in full armor on the Gulf Coast! This 2 day festival will feature medieval Jousting Knights, Falconry, the King and Queen, Swashbuckling Swordsmen, Storytellers, Arabian Dancers, Gypsy Dancers, Magical Wizards, Medieval Fighters, Renaissance Dancers, Irish Dancers, Medieval Musicians, Sword Swallowers, Jesters, Jugglers, Fire Breathers, Renaissance Food and Drink, Medieval Camel and Pony Rides, Renaissance Games of Skill, Medieval Merchants with Thousands of Renaissance Wares and Crafts and much more! Rain or Shine.
http://www.yesteadyhands.com

gcrenfaire@aol.com

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40th Annual McGuire's St. Patrick's Day 5K Prediction Run

March 11, 2017
Each Runner/Walker predicts how long it will take them to complete the course, the finishers that come closest to their prediction wins. Awards are also given for speed winners in several male, female and team categories.
http://www.mcguiresirishpub.com

gatord96@cox.net

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Smokin' In The Square BBQ Cookoff

March 17, 2017 - March 18, 2017
Friday, noon - 9 p.m.| Saturday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Professional barbecue teams from around the U.S. will gather to compete at the first barbecue contest locally to be sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KSBS). Professional teams will be competing for prize money and points. Local barbecue enthusiasts also will be competing for prize money and bragging rights in the Backyard competition. Great family fun, entertainment, and food. Proceeds go to local charities.
http://www.smokininthesquare.com

smokininthesquare@yahoo.com

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Pensacola JazzFest

April 01, 2017 - April 02, 2017
Pensacola JazzFest is a FREE all-jazz festival held in historic Seville Square in downtown Pensacola. Jazz Pensacola produces the event with assistance from a variety of corporate sponsors, community organizations and donations. The two-day festival celebrates America’s unique musical art form—jazz. Jazz Pensacola volunteers work yearlong to present the festival as their annual gift to the community. Read more about it here. We have a great lineup of performers among our JazzFest headliners, including Greg Abate, Wayne Bergeron, Annie Sellick and Dimas Sanchez and Fusion Beat.
http://jazzpensacola.com/
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Annual Interstate Mullet Toss

April 28, 2017 - April 30, 2017
Perdido Key's Flora-Bama Lounge hosts this wacky annual tournament that has participants compete in tossing an actual mullet across state lines. A Mullet Toss consists of individuals on the beach throwing a mullet, from a 10-foot circle in Alabama across the state line into Florida. Not to mention a great excuse to throw a weekend long party, with lots of fun activities, great music and food!
http://www.florabama.com

info@florabama.com

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32nd Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival

April 28, 2017 - April 30, 2017
The Pensacola Crawfish Festival presented by Coastal Bank and Trust will bring a taste of Louisiana right here to Pensacola Bay with a wide variety of Cajun fare such as crawfish poboys, crawfish pies, and over 16,000 pounds of boiled crawfish. Other festival favorites include chicken baskets, red beans and rice, gyros, bloomin' onions, kettle corn, apple dumplins and Deep Fried Brownies. Alcholic annon-alcoholic beverages are also available. Fri. Noon - 11 p.m.| Sat. 10a.m. - 11 p.m.| Sun. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
http://www.fiestaoffiveflags.org

info@fiestaoffiveflags.org

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Grand Fiesta Day Parade

June 02, 2017
Catch some beads when beautiful floats parade down Palafox Street entertaining people of all ages. Special appearances will be made by DeLuna LXII, his Queen and Court. Don't miss this very special event!
http://www.fiestaoffiveflags.org

info@fiestaoffiveflags.org

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